Column: Time to re-examine priorities in airport security

09/15/2009 | NYTimes.com

"Old checkpoint habits die hard," writes New York Times travel columnist Joe Sharkey, recounting a recent flight from tiny Ely, Nev., where two TSA agents screened three passengers, forcing one to remove a fork from her carry-on bag. Due to increased awareness and reinforced cockpit doors, it is "unlikely that anyone armed with nothing more than a blade will ever again be able to commandeer a plane," Sharkey writes, arguing that limited resources would be better spent on intelligence, baggage handling and airport access issues.

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